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Stained Glass Fish Window for a Bathroom

stained glass window shoal of fishThis large panel has just been installed to further obscure a large bathroom winstained glass painted fish detaildow; I make lots of windows for bathrooms and toilets and it is a great place to put a stained glass window as it adds privacy and interest to small rooms.  At just over a metre square its a striking feature which is visible through the bathroom into the upstairs landing. The window has been fixed in front of the existing textured double glazed panel and really livens up the space. All the fish are made with iridescent water glass and have been hand painted and kiln fired. The panel is leaded using traditional techniquesstained glass fish window shoal of fish, blue green yellow

Near disaster, a big finish and a small award

Today was my scheduled day to finish a large panel I have been working on for (all stages of it being made and details are on previous post, click here), so I have spent the day polishing and finishing the details of the etching with an electric etching pen. I always do the pen etching right at the end as I don’t like the black stove polish to get stuck in the grooves of the glass. This is a slightly risky practice though as if there is a weak point in the glass the vibrations of the etching pen can crack it and just as I was finishing the last piece of etching on the border disaster struck, CRACK! Thankfully it was only a very small piece of the border and I was able to replace the small pane of glass quickly, in order to take a couple of photos in the fading light and it will be delivered to its new home on Sunday where it will be fitted into a double glazed unit. Hopefully I will get some better photos of it soon.  The border is made up of clear glass with seaside motifs, including acid etched shells and molded glass with seaweed patterns. The main body of the panel is made from a mixture of different glass including spectrum, cathedral and wispy glass. The colours reflect the greens and purples of the hills around North Devon and the acid etching has come out very well in the main panel and the borders.

I am also really pleased to announce that I have been chosen as one of 5 Devon Artist Network emerging artists to recieve a bursary to pay for half of Devon Open Studios this year, which is timely as the family who commissioned this window saw my work in last years brochure!

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Pieces for ‘Landscapes’ at Otterton Mill

 

After a mammoth effort I got all my pieces for my latest exhibition to the gallery 4 hours before they started hanging, which is cutting it a bit fine! Otterton Mill is a lovely gallery space, craft shop, working Mill and award winning restaurant near Budleigh Salterton in Devon and this is my second exhibition with them, almost exactly a year a part. The works here are all inspired by local landscapes, from Poltimore House to Sidmouth beachand incorporate found objects, etching and acid etching, recycled glass. All the pieces are made using traditional stained glass leading techniques and some of them are framed in reclaimed tulip tree frames, commissioned from a local carpenter, which look lovely. I have 10 large pieces and several smaller items for exhibition and sale in the gallery, along side 2 other artists, the wonderful Robert Jennison and local artist Amy Cummins our work seems to compliment each other very well. I am glad I work in glass as it would be very daunting to be exhibiting paintings with such talented artists!

Anyway, below is a slide show of my pieces and the exhibition is free and runs from 5th March till 25th April, so please have a look if you are in the area.

A Moorland Scene for a Peak District Home

I was contacted recently by a customer on Folksy who wished me to adapt a previous Dartmoor design she liked to fit an internal window in her Peak District home. Having had a bit of time off over Christmas it has been great to get back into the studio and get on with a new project. As this is adapted from an existing design it has been a straight forward process. I have used Spectrum wispy amethyst and a range of cathedral glass, 10 mm lead came for the border and 5 and 6 mm for the internal lead work.

First of all I cut the glass using a glass cutter and ensure all the pieces fit within the lines of the cutting pattern.

I then build up the window by cutting the lead came to size and building up the panel, using horse shoe nails to hold it all tightly in place.

Once I have soldered all the lead joins together with solder I cement the panel by pushing lead cement into all the gaps in the lead came, this is quite messy work and my least favourate part of the process. The white powder is plaster of  Paris, used to soak up the liquid in the cement and act as an abrasive to remove the cement from the lead came.

Once the cement has dried and all the excess cement has been removed I wash an acid patina over the panel to darken the solder joints and once this has been washed off I give the panel a good polish with grate polish.

Then the finished panel is ready to pack up and send off to its new home.

Teignmouth Sunrise and Boats Panel

This diamond shaped front door panel was picked up today by its owners, photos of it in its new resting place will be added when it is fitted and the new owners get round to it! They very much liked another recent commission of mine (coincidentally for a front door) and a recent sunrise panel I had done, so a bit of a combination of 2 things here! I very much enjoyed making this piece as I was in my comfort zone, the sea, simple lines and vibrant colours. I took as much care as possible with the template, but shapes without right angles always have an element of risk in my world, I will rest easy once I know it is puttied into its window frame!
The below slide show takes you from drawing to finished panel


The next commission is 3 panels and the theme is lotus flowers, pinks, greens and greys. I love the variation of my line of work, but some of the deadlines are tight, I have got to the them done by Christmas!
Little edit, here is a photo of it in the front door (from the outside, not got back in yet!)

Autumn and winter pieces

I have been busily working on some seasonal designs, from autumn leaves and dandelion clocks to winter scenes and tiny glass icicles for the Christmas tree, all of these will be finding their way into my Folksy shop over the next few days. I have included painted detail to the panels and the icicles are all made using recycled glass. Oh, and my autumn leaves are selling wonderfully at present.

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Craft fairs, commissions, drawing and making

My first week back from holiday has been so busy, we knew it would be and my husband Mark had the week off work to look after the children, so I could get on with stuff and he could spend a week chilling out with the girls (if such a thing is possible with our kids!)

I have spent much of the week making bunting, hearts and beach hut panels to restock what has been sold at fairs and online and to fulfill my wholesale order for Atelier Gallery in Barnstable (due this Friday).  The photos show a little of this activity; the bunting laid out ready to be soldered and then piled up, post soldering ready to be washed and hung on ribbon and the glass cut for 3 beach hut panels, (heading to Otterton Mill) with their sticky back plastic fish and waves stuck on waiting to be acid etched, then leaded and cemented.

The Exeter Craft Hub event on Saturday was a great success and they gave me a stall right in front of a massive window, which gave my stall a lot of light and I could actually hang things in the window to give people an idea of how they look at home.

My most popular designs have sold so well in the last few weeks that I have unexpectedly run out of certain materials, which is bad for the schedule, but good for some of my customers; as it means whilst I wait for supplies I have had an unexpected window of opportunity this afternoon to work on a new commission.

Jane , otherwise known as  Kind Dog (a fellow Folksy seller and talented illustrator, click on her name to go to her shop)  has kindly asked me to make a special panel for her niece’s wedding present.  I love doing special items, but this one is especially close to my heart; as she wants it to depict the North Norfolk coast which her niece loves and is the county where I was born and brought up! I hardly get to go back to Norfolk these days, the 7 hour drive is too long for my young children, so the opportunity to think about the beaches  I played on as a child has been a treat! I have prepared 3 drawings based on the North Norfolk coast around Heacham and I have gone from Holkham to Cromer in the drawings, I wonder which she will choose?

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I am a stained glass artist working in Exeter and a busy mum of 2; trying to carve a path through the tide of washing and children's toys that stands between me and making beautiful things.

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